Many years ago, about 6 months after I started learning how to use the manual controls on my PowerShot G3, I was sent to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on 3 separate trips for several days at a time.
I took my camera with me on the 2nd and 3rd trips after seeing how interesting the town is. As I browse through the photos now, I am reminded of Chattanooga. Harrisburg is about the same size as Chattanooga, has a river running through the heart of downtown (the Susquehanna River in the case of Harrisburg vs the Tennessee River in Chattanooga), and even has a Walnut Street Bridge that’s been converted to a pedestrian-only bridge.
Like Chattanooga, the riverfront offers endless photo-ops, although it seemed as though Harrisburg might not have created as many destinations along the riverfront as away from it. Harrisburg has more bridges that cross the river within a short section. But Chattanooga has two giant advantages: mountains and warmer weather.
It’s not really a competition. They are both cool towns with great architectural features and lovely rivers. I really enjoyed walking down by the river when I had the opportunity in Harrisburg and working on capturing an interesting view of the bridges. While I was able to improve these old photos somewhat by reprocessing them, they were taken with a point-and-shoot camera with 4 megapixel resolution 8 years ago. Digital photography has come a long way since then.
I, also, have learned a few things. For starters, shooting with the sun high in the sky was not optimal. Making sure the water is level before pushing the shutter button was another big miss–I had to straighten these in software. It’s interesting that with experience, the world acquires less and less tilt.
I particularly enjoyed shooting through the bridges to see more bridges behind. There are so many bridges that from the right angle, the bridges seem endless. I had a good time playing with different angles, but as the light faded, I learned why one of my photographer friends kept urging me to buy a tripod.
I learned quite a few things that trip. For one, having a camera on a business trip can be quite entertaining when you’re traveling by yourself. For another, taking a warm hat on a business trip is a requirement if you’re planning to entertain yourself by shooting a scenic river in January in Harrisburg.
I left Harrisburg after my last trip there feeling enchanted. Having made the round of the downtown cathedrals and the state capital building, I was pleasantly surprised by the historic buildings and the overall grandeur of the town. I suspect that had I spent more time there, I would have continued to discover wonderful secrets about the place.